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Articles from Vol. 28, No. 4, April

A Formula for Scientific Social Networking
The options for social networking in the scientific community are more plentiful these days than test tubes in a chem lab. "When Web 2.0 technologies started taking off and Facebook revolutionized the way people communicate, we were trying to figure...
Attensity: Analyzing Marketplace Buzz
Maintaining an open dialogue with customers is one of the key tenets of good business. One unhappy customer today literally has a warehouse of possible social media outlets where he or she can unleash a complaint. Statistics point to a collaborative...
Blog Buzz
Quotables from industry notables'Assembling resources following the earthquake in Japan'I was in the middle of writing code when the Google Japan office, on the 26th floor of Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, started shaking slowly. The rocking gradually increased,...
By JoVE: A First in Scientific Video Journals
If YouTube is any indication, video is everywhere. Today, video is even making a stronger foray into the world of science. JoVE, aka the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is taking scientific experimentation to an all-new level with 1,000-plus...
Challenging eBook Lending Policies
A letter from OverDrive, Inc. CEO and president Steve Potash, dated Feb. 24, 2011, made its way to scores of OverDrive library partners. The letter included a paragraph about changes to one publisher's ebook licensing that would "include a checkout...
Clever Gadgets for a Changing World
It's shaping up to be a busy year for mobile devices, with smartphone sales continuing to climb and several big shake-ups already underway in the mobile industry. Meanwhile, tablets are still stumbling toward maturity, according to the sheer number...
Data Fusion, Discovery, and the Next Big Thing in Research
At an intelligence conference in Washington, D.C., in late 2010, participants from more than a dozen countries discussed a world outside of law enforcement, judicial processes, and military intelligence methods. A year ago, speakers, attendees, and...
Enterprises Turn to Data Breach Insurance
Organizations that process personal information face the real danger that someday some of that sensitive data may be lost or stolen, regardless of how well it is protected. Now since the cost of dealing with security breaches is climbing due to stricter...
Europeana Stretches as Google Expands
In the world of online information, the continental European Union (EU) is terra incognita for many U.K. citizens. Britons are notoriously bad linguists and are encouraged in this by the international dominance of American English, whether in the realm...
Executive Profile
"The days building out technology solutions in a bubble are fading fast," according to industry veteran CAROL HELTON, the new vice president of worldwide sales for Credo Reference. What she means is that "solution providers must be actively listening...
Fired over Facebook
Facebook has become the nearly ubiquitous identifier for social networking and social media. A platform for exchanging thoughts, comments, rants, raves, images, faves, and digs with friends near and far. Facebook friends can range from old high school...
Global Outlook
CONFERENCES AROUND THE WORLDAPRIL1-13: Oxford, U.K. (St. Catherine's College). The UKAcademy for Information Systems (UKAIS) is holding its 16th Annual International Conference and PhD Consortium 2011 to further UKAIS's goals of providing a better knowledge...
Google Shakes Up Its Search Rankings
There are some big changes afoot in Google's search algorithms. Instead of returning search results that contain low-relevance sites that are carefully engineered to lure Google's search engine, the world's top search engine announced that it is taking...
Hansen: Charting a Course for Elsevier Health Sciences
If you have a lot of history, people always equate you with it, says Michael Hansen, CEO of Elsevier Health Sciences. Indeed, Elsevier is the world's leading publisher of STM information and products, "but we're so much more than just a publisher,"...
If You Read about Sports, Read These Writers
There was something vaguely comforting when your Field Correspondent asked Mr. Google for a list of sports-related blogs, and one of the first that popped up was Joe Posnanski's. If you read about sports, you should know Joe. He came up the "right"...
In Pursuit of Metaknowledge
The internet has a way of wringing new value from existing content. Consider iTunes and Netflix, entertainment juggernauts built at least partly on extensive catalogs of old content. Now a similar trend may be coming to the field of scientific research,...
Internet Public Library Milestones
The Facebook post about a "100,000th milestone update" caught my eye: "We're getting close! As of February 21, 2011, ipl2 has answered 99,131 questions." I had forgotten that ipl2 answered questions in addition to providing trusted directories of content....
It's All about Relationships
This month's column is devoted entirely to MLS: Marketing Library Services. And there's a theme that ties it all together: Making personal connections is the way to get just about anything done, from the college level all the way to the state government....
LexisNexis: Streamlining Legal Practices
LexisNexis is continuing to expand its legal services with the introduction of LexisNexis Litigation Profile Suite as part of its ongoing product line of contact-enabled workflow tools. The tools, which are being designed with input from legal professionals,...
NFAIS: Taming the Information Overload
Just days before the earthquake and tsunami devastated portions of Japan, NFAIS held its 53rd annual conference in late February/early March in Philadelphia. Under the title of Taming the Information Tsunami: The New World of Discovery, the conference...
Pew Study: Inside the Tech Generation
Imagine a world without cell phones or computers. For some people, this notion might be simply inconceivable, and it usually depends on your generation. If you're an American adult, chances are you own a cell phone. But that's not surprising. In...
Pew Study: Peer-to-Peer Health Partners
Whether we have flu symptoms or a skin rash, our first call is not always to the doctor's office. Instead, more of us are initially consulting parents, siblings, spouses, or friends, and we're turning to the internet for answers and information. ...
Presidential Messaging, Innovation, and Intellectual Property
President Barack Obama's 2011 State of the Union address emphasized encouraging innovation, which he believes is vital to keeping the U.S. a global leader. "We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. We need to out-innovate,...
Product News
* Wiley-Blackwell boosted its journals program to cover 42 additional titles. The expansion includes 35 journals that will be published in collaboration with professional organizations such as the British Psychological Society and the Society of Chemical...
Shneiderman's Social Discovery: The NFAIS 2011 Miles Conrad Lecture
Ask Ben Shneiderman about social media, and chances are he'll have something to say about the subject. For nearly 4 decades, Shneiderman has been a pioneer in the world of information science, leading the way in innovation as the founding director...
StumbleUpon, Yelp Expand Social Networks' Range
It seems social networks have taken over. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year, and the movie about Facebook--The Social Network--won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Facebook, which now has 250 million members,...
Thank You, Captain Obvious
"Earth-Shattering Study: Men Like Good-Looking Women" --Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (via FOX News; http://is.gd/2zsZyf) Because I am an information hunter/gatherer by the nature of my work, my radar screen is always dense...
University Presses Gear Up for Transition
Technological progression can be intimidating, especially if you're a scholarly publisher. In today's marketplace, "The future of academic publishing is uncertain," according to the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) in a recent report...
Why I Love Google
What's not to love? It knows everything--or at least more than enough for the hours in a day or at least the hours in a searcher's day--certainly enough to eat all the time allotted or endurable for searching a topic. Even if the big G fails--and that's...

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